Ph.D. in Education - Mathematics


Graduates of Curry's Ph.D. in Education Mathematics program are prepared for careers in university settings or research organizations. This is a research-based, full-time program that is offered in Charlottesville only.

This program of study is designed to prepare graduates for college or university positions in mathematics or science education or for positions within research organizations with specific areas of curricular expertise.

The program includes coursework, a research apprenticeship, and practical experiences to prepare graduates to:

  1. Produce original research that contributes to the knowledge base in mathematics or science education or to teacher education in general
  2. Educate teachers in the area of mathematics or science and evidence-based practice
  3. Provide effective leadership in the field of mathematics or science education

Program Details


  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    The student desiring to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree with emphasis in Mathematics should submit an online application and supporting materials to the Curry School of Education and Human Development. The applicant must:

    • possess a relevant master's degree that includes at least 12 graduate credits in mathematics or science,
    • have at least 2 years of teaching experience in the field of math or science education,
    • upload unofficial transcripts to the online application (official transcripts will be required prior to matriculation),
    • submit a goal statement (1-2 pages), a writing sample is not required,
    • submit via the online application two (2) references strongly endorsing him/her for doctoral work, and
    • submit official Graduate Record Examination scores to the University of Virginia. (official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820)

    Applicants may submit unofficial test scores with their application. However, official scores are required prior to matriculation.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Application Due Date

    December 1

    Decisions will be released by February 15th.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Degree Requirements

    General Coursework Guidelines

    The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 72 credits, at least 54 of which must be coursework.  This coursework requirement includes concentration area courses and research methodology courses, and up to 3 credits of research apprenticeship per semester, but does not include internship and dissertation credits. At least 36 course and apprenticeship credits must be completed after admission to the program. Students can apply up to 12 credits of dissertation work towards the total of 72.

    Research Methodology Coursework:

    Ph.D. students will take Research Foundations, an introductory course in educational research common to all Curry doctoral students. Additionally, students are required to take a minimum of three courses in quantitative methods (generally Stats I, II, and III) and two courses in qualitative research methodology (e.g., Qualitative Analysis I and II). Advisors may suggest additional methodology courses, depending on the focus of a student’s individual program and research.

    Research Apprenticeship:

    All Mathematics/Science/STEM Ph.D. students will participate in a research apprenticeship with their research mentors. This apprenticeship will occupy approximately 10 hours of each student’s week during the first and second years of study and may increase during the third and fourth years, depending on the student’s specific duties. During this apprenticeship, the student will assist with the mentor’s research and scholarship, which may include data collection, data analysis, library research, presentations, writing for publication, and other related activities.

    Education of Teachers Internships/Apprenticeships:

    Mathematics/Science/STEM Ed Ph.D. students are expected to participate in internships that enable them to understand the workings of university level teacher preparation. These internships consist of, but are not limited to, the following: supervision of student teachers, serving as a graduate teaching assistant, serving as the instructor for a pre-service or master’s level course, assisting the Director of Teacher Education, working with the novice teachers network, designing and evaluating curriculum for P-12 programs, working with clinical instructors and cooperating teachers, supervising early field experiences, serving as a connection between the schools and university in developing early field experiences, etc.

    Assessment

    Assessment of student progress through the Ph.D. program will be multifaceted and includes components conducted by faculty and by students themselves.

    Student Annual Report

    Annually, each Ph.D. student will complete an annual report describing their growth and accomplishments.

    Preliminary Exam

    In the second semester of the first year of study, all Ph.D. students will complete a preliminary exam, which is designed to determine the likelihood of the student’s continued success in Ph.D. studies. This exam consists of two parts. The first is a paper on a topic of significance in the field. The second is an oral exam in which students present the paper and a critique of a research article they have been given one week previously.

    Pre-dissertation research manuscript

    All Ph.D. students, prior to their third year of study, will complete a pre-dissertation research project that results in a manuscript submitted for review in a peer-reviewed journal. There is no requirement that the paper be accepted for publication, but students are strongly encouraged to revise manuscripts if resubmission is likely to result in publication. Research mentors will work with students to shape these papers toward eventual publication; co-authored papers are acceptable.

    Qualifying Examination

    All students will complete a written comprehensive examination to demonstrate understanding of the knowledge base and methodology in a concentration area of teacher education and demonstrate readiness to undertake doctoral dissertation research. The examination will be graded independently by at least two faculty members. With approval of the Teacher Education graduate program, a research manuscript accepted for publication may be used to satisfy part of the qualifying examination

    Dissertation

    All Ph.D. students will complete a dissertation proposal and a dissertation following either the traditional model or the three-paper option described in the Curry Dissertation Manual.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Students will ordinarily complete the program in 4 years of full-time study.  In certain cases, students may be able to complete their work in a shorter period.

    Semester of Entry:

    Fall semester

    Full or Part Time:

    Full-time.

  • Course Overview

    Sample Course Overview is shown below.

    Mathematics Education seminars offered in recent years include: Research on the Teaching and Learning of Geometry; Problem-solving and Cognition; Mathematics K-3; The Teaching and Learning of Functions; Classics in Mathematics Education; The Teaching and Learning of Statistics. Science Education seminars offered include: Conceptual change; Science and Mathematics Education Policy; Inquiry and the Nature of Science. STEM Education seminars include: Issues in STEM Education and Expertise in STEM fields.

    Year 1 Fall Year 1 Spring Credits and Assessment
    Mathematics/Science Education topical seminar Mathematics/Science Education topical seminar 13/12 , Preliminary Exam
    Research methods course EDIS 8090 Integrative Literature Reviews  
    EDIS 8500 Issues in STEM Education Research methods course  
    EDIS 7300 Research Foundations Research methods course  
    EDIS 8821 CISE Pro-seminar    
    Research Assignment (10-20 hours) Research Assignment (10-20 hours)  
    TED Assignment (0-10 hours) TED Assignment (0-10 hours)  
    Year 2 Fall Year 2 Spring Credits and Assessment
    Mathematics/Science Education topical seminar Mathematics/Science Education topical seminar 12/12 , Pre-Dissertation Manuscript
    STEM content, or STEM Education course STEM content, or STEM Education course  
    Research methods course Research methods course  
    EDIS 8850 Diversity in Teaching & Learning EDIS 8822 Seminar: Grant Writing  
    Research Assignment (10-20 hours) Research Assignment (10-20 hours)  
    TED Assignment (0-10 hours) TED Assignment (0-10 hours)  
    Year 3 Fall Year 3 Spring Credits and Assessment
    STEM content or STEM Education seminar Dissertation hours only 12/12 , Comprehensive Exam
    Research methods course, or Mathematics/Science Education topical seminar Research Assignment (10-20 hours)  
    Elective or Dissertation hours TED Assignment (0-10 hours)  
    Research Assignment (10-20 hours)    
    TED Assignment (0-10 hours)    
    Year 4 Fall Year 4 Spring Credits and Assessment
    Dissertation hours only Dissertation hours only 12/12 , Dissertation
    Research Assignment (10-20 hours) Research Assignment (10-20 hours)  
    TED Assignment (0-10 hours) TED Assignment (0-10 hours)  

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.